Long before Spaniards came and mixed things up with Catholicism, Meso-Americans dedicated a festival to Mictecacihuatl, the Aztec queen of the underworld. The natives decorated their ofrendas (altars of the dead) and crafted skull figurines and art to pray and remember deceased family and friends. Now the Mexican holiday is celebrated in countries across North and South America as a sort of Mexican version of Halloween, only with much cooler art. Experience the festival through works by more than 60 contemporary artists at the Día de los Muertos exhibition Wednesday at the Bath House Cultural Center (521 E. Lawther Drive). Admission is free and the exhibit ends November 16. Doors open at noon. For more information, visit bathhousecultural.com.
Tuesdays-Sundays. Starts: Nov. 6. Continues through Nov. 16, 2013